A REVIEW OF THE GIFT OF FORESIGHT BY RAVEN KNOX
by JUPITER HADLEY
Losing her vision isn’t the biggest topic in the book, at first anyway. Instead, there is a large focus on family dynamics. Her parents, like many families dotted around the world, have divorced and the breakup wasn’t easy on anyone. Both parents are still hopelessly in love with each other, but for numerous reasons cannot seem to get back together, despite the love for each other and ultimately, for their daughter only daughter.
The Gift of Foresight highlights how miscommunication and the family one is born into can heavily affect upbringing and outlooks on life. The two parents are far from similar in the way that they were raised; Will the father is from a family of wealth while Alyss the mother is from a military family, always getting scholarships to make ends meet. Between their families previously having issues with the relationship and the horrible way it ended, there is a lot of turmoil to unpack between these two families and their friends.
In the middle of the fights, disagreements, and very different upbringings is a child who’s lost her sight. She’s grown up with a broken influence of both her parents, watching much of the fighting and downward spirals, which ultimately affects how she feels and acts in the world. Between fears that others have placed on her and conversations that never were fully had, she spends a lot of the story trying to piece together her mother and father, as she is missing more details than a child should have. Her curiosity for what had happened between her parents and why they fell in love in the first place really drives the narrative as you uncover, along with her, a pretty twisting and turning path of miscommunication.
The Gift of Foresight skips around her life, starting off when she is five, but quickly changing to fifteen - the majority of the book takes place around here, before going back to moments before she was even born, then returning to her sixteenth birthday and beyond. The way that the story around her parents grows and falls, it always feels like something major is about to happen - and often something unexpected happens instead. Their story is estranged, captivating, and ever-changing as new things are discovered and new characters are put in. Just when you think everything is lost or everything has settled, something else happens to switch things up. It’s a book that keeps you on edge, despite the amount of issues that are present in everyone’s life, as you just hope for some sort of resolve.
If you’re looking for a story full of love, loss, adults trying to figure out how to be adults despite being almost in their 40s for most of the book, and a sassy child who just wants to understand and see the world around her, this is a book not to be missed.